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Old 12-12-2019, 10:06 AM   #1
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Goal Zero 1000 on sale

For those interested, Goal Zero 1000 and a 100 watt panel is on sale at Costco for $999. $300 off

https://www.costco.com/.product.100486173.html?&EMID=B2C_2019_1212_DailyD ealsDay9
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Old 12-12-2019, 10:22 AM   #2
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For those interested, Goal Zero 1000 and a 100 watt panel is on sale at Costco for $999. $300 off

https://www.costco.com/.product.1004...DailyDealsDay9
The literature from Goal zero says it will take from 20-40 hours to charge with this system. Probably closer to 40. That could be a week!
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40 hrs is less than 2 days.
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40 hrs is less than 2 days.
Only if you're in the Arctic near midsummer... the requirement is 40 hours of sunlight on the panel.
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Only if you're in the Arctic near midsummer... the requirement is 40 hours of sunlight on the panel.
Duh! Senior moment. Of course.
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the 40 hours is going from a totally drained unit. I have several goal zero products and plan to power my TT with them. if you don't run them totally down it does not take long to charge them back to 100%. you just need to hook them to panels whenever you have the chance
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Goal Zero works great. If you want to recharge it faster, get 3 or 4 panels, get a supercharger, or a car charging kit. When I'm driving, I run the coach inverter and use a super charger and a standard charger. The car charging kit may work best as it potentially allows much more input wattage. If you are going to get a GZ, the 3000 offers a lot more bang for your buck. Does anyone have any experience with the car charging kit?
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Goal Zero works great. If you want to recharge it faster, get 3 or 4 panels, get a supercharger, or a car charging kit. When I'm driving, I run the coach inverter and use a super charger and a standard charger. The car charging kit may work best as it potentially allows much more input wattage. If you are going to get a GZ, the 3000 offers a lot more bang for your buck. Does anyone have any experience with the car charging kit?
Tell me the advantage you see in the 3000 vs the 1000? More money, more weight; your close to cost of 2 Li batteries now...no need for a 3000 or what am I missing?
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Hate to say it but Goal Zero product are nice looking but the quality is poor for the price. There are better products at lower price.
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I have 2 of the 3K units and one 1K unit. To answer some of the questions, the 3K comes with a Solar MPPT controller which allows for higher charge rates and faster charging (relatively speaking compared to the standard 8mm inputs) and you get a bit more bang for you buck in terms of Amp hours per dollar spent. You also get two AC power chargers with 8mm plugs with the 3K unit and just one with the 1K unit. The 1000 can be upgraded to having an MPPT controller, which I have done, for $100 or so. This kit, features a 100W foldable solar panel with an 8mm plug that can be chained to give more wattage (parallel only). Yeti's limit input voltage so don't try to put panels in series.

I have used the AC chargers but have not invested in the Car chargers. I have also invested in two 180 watt grape solar panels and two 100 watt grape solar panels. I use parallel connectors and use the Anderson Power Pole plugs to feed the MPPT controllers. I have used all four panels to feed the Yeti 560 watts successfully. You do see a difference between using the MPPT APP connector and the standard APP input (or 8mm for that matter).

Which you choose probably depends on how much storage capacity you need. I like having multiple uses as I can deploy them in different locations in my home or trailer. They are compact and easy to maintain. Anyone who compares them unfavorably to other lithium solutions doesn't value the flexibility and ease of use and deployment, in which I find great value. Bang for buck, they are hard to beat.
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40 hrs is less than 2 days.
This partially speaks to how large the battery is. It's also not limited to this mode of charging. I have mine integrated into the 400W solar on the rooftop of my airstream. With a $39 10amp charger, I can almost charge it full in one day. There's additional faster options too that can charge it upwards of 40 amps, which means a few hours to full charge.

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Hate to say it but Goal Zero product are nice looking but the quality is poor for the price. There are better products at lower price.
Commentary without information.

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Hate to say it but Goal Zero product are nice looking but the quality is poor for the price. There are better products at lower price.

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Commentary without information.

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What's the good of making such a claim and not backing it up. The only other product that comes close to the portability of these that I am aware of is the EGO lithium multi-battery "generator" and it is not solar enabled, is more expensive in terms of amp hours per dollar and simply less functional. I like the EGO products, and I have their lawnmower which I love, but I had to laugh when I saw this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-56-V...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Tell me the advantage you see in the 3000 vs the 1000? More money, more weight; your close to cost of 2 Li batteries now...no need for a 3000 or what am I missing?
The 3000 sells at 20 to 25 percent off depending on the sale, and you will have more power and reserves. You can stay off grid more easily and more often. I've already used it on 22 nights to park where I want and not deal with campgrounds saving about $1100. Then there are the saved fuel cost of not having to drive to a campground as well as the reduced mileage. I've been able to go places that I would not ever have gotten to go to had I needed the plug in.

Let's say you plan to stay in one place for more than one night and you use it for fridge and freezer power, and you are not plugged in. You can probably stay off grid for 2 nights versus 1 night. Or maybe you only have a short drive to your next destination after using it on night 1, and you can't get the 1000 charged up fast enough for night 2. The 3000 is the better choice.

If you don't need much power, then maybe the smaller 1000 is best. It is lighter and easier to load and unload. In my situation, my style of travel has me mostly going from place to place. The very last thing I want to do is to go to a campground. I like to pull into a town around 5pm, take some photos, drink some wine, go to the best restaurant, and then go to sleep. Driving around the block and parking on a river and letting the GZ run the essentials is much better than having to worry about how much power I have left. The 3000 is more economical to me, and the experiences gained cannot be quantified. My travel has been significantly improved since I got the 3000.
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The 3000 sells at 20 to 25 percent off depending on the sale, and you will have more power and reserves. You can stay off grid more easily and more often. I've already used it on 22 nights to park where I want and not deal with campgrounds saving about $1100. Then there are the saved fuel cost of not having to drive to a campground as well as the reduced mileage. I've been able to go places that I would not ever have gotten to go to had I needed the plug in.

Let's say you plan to stay in one place for more than one night and you use it for fridge and freezer power, and you are not plugged in. You can probably stay off grid for 2 nights versus 1 night. Or maybe you only have a short drive to your next destination after using it on night 1, and you can't get the 1000 charged up fast enough for night 2. The 3000 is the better choice.

If you don't need much power, then maybe the smaller 1000 is best. It is lighter and easier to load and unload. In my situation, my style of travel has me mostly going from place to place. The very last thing I want to do is to go to a campground. I like to pull into a town around 5pm, take some photos, drink some wine, go to the best restaurant, and then go to sleep. Driving around the block and parking on a river and letting the GZ run the essentials is much better than having to worry about how much power I have left. The 3000 is more economical to me, and the experiences gained cannot be quantified. My travel has been significantly improved since I got the 3000.
Ahhh; understand. You have an Interstate, right? Can park pretty much anywhere with that camper van....with the trailer not so easy. Thanks for sharing the value proposition...after re-reading seems the GZ1000 may be the best solution for me. I am looking for just a GZ1000 without the solar, as I already have portable solar...again, thanks for sharing. I get it now!
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Harbor Freight has their 100 watt panels on sale for $149 with the coupon in the latest mailer. Four panels like this goal Zero, that you plug into your 2 batteries on board and run your rig.

https://www.harborfreight.com/100-wa...kit-63585.html

1000 watt lithium battery pack not necessarily needed, or can be purchased seperately.


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